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Byron Blues

April 6, 2016


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PhotographyBobby Bense, Mel Carrero

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationBluesfest Byron Bay, Beachcomber Blue – Unique Estates , The Byron at Byron – Byron Bay, Australia

 

Outfit Details 

NailsSienna Byron Bay

My favourites – Winter | Aura | Gypsy | Atlantic | Transcend | Mystical Top coat | Wanderlust

Use discount code ‘GYPSYLOVINLIGHT’ at checkout for all #siennabyronbay nail polishes

 

Look 1

Wild One Bikini

Indie + Harper Jewelry –  Mandala Ring | Moon ring | Wave ring | Moonstone Rings | Whale Tail necklace | Moonstone Four Points necklace

Cuffs – Karen Tribe Mandala Cuff

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Atlantic

 

Look 2 

Spell Dress – releasing soon | HatBoots

Jewelry – Necklace (similar) | Ishka Bracelets | Airess Mandala Ring | 5 Band Ring | OOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Union Mandala Ring | Strong midi ring | Turquoise Tribal Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Atlantic

 

Look 3

Yacht TopSpell Skirt – releasing soon | Hat | Boots

Jewelry – Moonstone necklace | Karen Tribe Cuff | Ishka Bracelets | Airess Mandala Ring | Andromeda Ring | Dainty Spheroids Ring | Goddess Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Karen Blossoming Hill Tribe Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Winter with Mystical Top Coat

 

Look 4

Rimini Maxi Dress | Karen Tribe Cuff | Ishka Bracelets | Necklace | OOAK Turquoise Rings | Hat (simliar)

 

Look 5

Spell Dress – releasing soon | Charmed BeltGenerator necklaceIsadora Bodychain | BanglesFlash Tattoos | HatFlower Child Crystal Bindis

Rings – Indie + Harper Moonstone Rings |  Union Mandala Ring |  Dainty Spheroids Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Imagination Mandala Ring (sold out)

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Transcend

 

Look 6

Lace Dress – Spell – releasing soon | BeltHat | BootsJacketFull Moon Crystal Bindis | Generator necklace | Turquoise Cuff  | Mandala Saddle Bag

Jade – Dress | Addax Feathers | Flower Child Crystal Bindis | Arrow Necklace | Nails – Wanderlust

Carnaby Crochet Throw

Rings –  5 Band Ring | Strong midi ring | Rebirth Mandala RingOOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Communication Mandala Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Gypsy

 

Look 7

Coco Romper | Ophelia Duster | Cactus Rose BeltGenerator necklace | Boots | Hat | Turquoise Cuff  | Mandala Saddle Bag

Rings –  5 Band Ring | Strong midi ring | Rebirth Mandala Ring | OOAK Dry Creek Turquoise Ring | Beaded Crest Ring | Communication Mandala Ring

Lunar Love Flash Tattoos

Sienna Byron Bay Nails – Gypsy

 

What an incredible week we just had with the family in beautiful Byron Bay with the divine Sienna Byron Bay. The town was so alive, abuzz with festival energy and excitement! It’s been over 10 years since our last Byron trip and even though it’s changed so much, it was still just as magical as I remembered it before. I was instantly in love once again with those lighthouse views over Cape Byron, pastel sunsets over Wategos beach, and long stretches of deserted sandy beach right at our doorstep at our wonderful beach house.

In between our festival days dancing up a storm at Bluesfest, we spent them with the kids celebrating a very special 10th birthday, exploring the local beaches, and enjoying some amazing Byron food and hospitality. There were a couple of absolute standout, must experience food highlights for us. First was the inspirational Naked Treaties who catered the most delicious, vital array of yumminess for our daughter’s birthday. The raw, gluten, dairy, sugar, guilt free cookies and cream birthday cake was simply out of this world! And so beautifully decorated :) We also spent a magical evening at The Byron at Byron, enjoying the most divine 4 course meal and relaxing massages….this really was so perfect for in between all the festival craziness and dancing…..my feet were very very thankful ;)

Our days at Bluesfest were undoubtedly the highlight of the trip for us all. It was our first time, and also taking the kids to a festival as well. It was so amazing and fun dancing with them, having our nails done at Sienna Byron Bay’s nail bar, and shopping the artisan stalls. Strutting along at dusk in gorgeous Spell Designs with so many gorgeous festival babes was an absolute dream come true. We feel so blessed for the connections we made during our time in Byron. It’s always the best part of any adventure for us.

We were so thrilled to discover some amazing new music and fall in love again with old favourites. Our top faves were – D’Angelo, Nahko + Medicine for the People, and Kendrick Lamar. Our last night we were lucky enough to see Brian Wilson, Tom Jones and The Blues Brothers Band. There were moments where time stood completely still as we listened to these soul singers share their magic.

Besides all the music and dancing, we had a blast hanging out at the nail bar, switching up our colours each day and having some mother/daughter manis. Sienna Byron bay make the most beautiful, eco-friendly nail polishes. Not only does it contain no nasties, it’s vegan, and it’s quality polish in the most exquisite colours. It’s been my favourite brand of polish for well over a year now, and watching the beautiful Danielle, owner and creative director of the company, grow this amazing range from the heart has been so beautiful to witness. Make sure you go check them out and follow their beautiful journey on insta.

We are so grateful to Sienna Byron Bay for organising this trip for our family. It was full of so many beautiful moments and deep connections to like hearted folk, and these memories will continue to sing in our hearts forever.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

 

 

Cape Panwa

March 21, 2016

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling – Helen Janneson Bense

LocationCape Panwa, Phuket, Thailand

 

Outfit Details

Isla Bonita Dress

Panama Hat

Grecian Bikini

Moonstone Shard Necklace

Moments Maxi dress

Tulip one piece

Mokula bikini

Body Jewelry

Rings

Custom Denisse M Vera top skirt + macrame bodypiece

Camilla Overlay Dress

 

“To create art with all the passion in one’s soul is to live art with all the beauty in one’s heart” Aberjhani

My heart has been completely won over by beautiful Thailand yet again. Those friendly smiles, intoxicating flavours and scents, a colour palette that dreams are made of. Our recent stay at Cape Panwa was by far the most magnificent of all our resort visits to date. We stayed in the most luxurious penthouse suite, accessible via private elevator, with breathtaking turquoise ocean views from every room. Each morning we woke up to watch the sunrise, whilst our private chefs cooked us the most wonderful breakfast spread. We indulged in so much deliciousness as we listened to the soothing sounds of water trickling over the edge of our huge infinity pool, and the melodic tunes of the capiz shell lamps chiming in the ocean breeze.

When we actually left our magical room, we discovered even more beauty at Cape Panwa. The private beach is lined with massive palm trees, the softest cleanest sand, and vivid turquoise water. The bamboo bar is nestled on the beach where you can laze about on sun lounges, tropical cocktail in hand. The Panwa House, just a few steps away, totally blew my mind. A Sino-portugese mansion with more character than I could even deal with. I couldn’t stop looking at ever single intricate detail in complete awe. We spent quite a few nights here enjoying the most tantalising thai cuisine. One evening we enjoyed a candlelit private dinner date right on the beach. The ultimate romantic scene was set with lanterns and candles gently illuminating the night. The setting was perfect, the food was out of this world amazing, though my dinner date was what made it one of the best nights of my life. Later that night we were lucky enough to witness some fireworks right on the beach!

We had so many special moments and magical memories though the highlight of this trip was definitely the day we went exploring the surrounding islands and beaches upon the Princess Panwa yacht. Whoever thought to put a spa on a yacht was an absolute genius! My wanderlust was on fire as we took a dinghy to shore and explored secluded beaches. We spent the day jumping off the boat into the most iridescent water I think I’ve ever seen, snorkelling through lagoons, and soaking up all that sunshine and turquoise bliss.

A few things I highly recommend for your visit to Cape Panwa – take the Thai cooking classes. We learnt how to cook our favourite Thai dishes, and now we are making them at home! And they taste so good! Take the boat out to Coral Island for the day. Or charter the yacht to celebrate a special occasion. Make sure you eat at every restaurant as the food is out of this world. Watch the sunrise over the pier…you won’t regret waking up early for this.

We are so grateful to have shared such a wonderful time together in the most idyllic setting imaginable. Special mention goes to our fabulous butler Somchai. We were completely flawed by how attentive and kind he was. He took such great care of us and made our stay at Cape Panwa next level amazing. Big thanks to Cape Panwa for their wonderful hospitality and for one the best trips of our lives. It’s not something we’ll ever forget and our beautiful memories and experiences will continue to flourish within our hearts.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

Wanderlust + Co Travel Diary

November 21, 2015

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PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationThe Siam, Floating Markets, Grand Palace – Bangkok, Thailand

 

JewelryWanderlust + Co

Constellation Story

Necklaces – Crescent & Star | Crescent & Diamonte

Cuffs/Bracelets – Spell Bound | Moon + Star

Rings – Petite Orbit Crystal | Frame Crescent | Double Box | Double bar + Chain | ConstellationIota

 

Clean Slate Story

Necklaces – Daydreamer Necklace | Remain Present Necklace

Cuffs/Bracelets – Breathe Bangle | Studded Pave | Dusk to Dawn Spike | Arrow

Rings – Double BarJagged Ring Set | Double Box | Triangle | Double Ring & Chain | Double Bar Wrap | V

 

Marble Story

Necklaces – Breathe | Crescent & Diamonte | Daydreamer Necklace

Cuffs/Bracelets – Dusk til Dawn XL | Dusk til Dawn Spike | Multi-Stud Spike

Rings – Dusk til Dawn XL | T-Bar | Double Arrow | Petite Orbit Crystal | Arrow Split | Dusk til Dawn | V Double Bar

 

Onyx Story

Necklaces – ArrowBreathe |  Daydreamer Necklace

Cuff/Bracelets – Multi-Stud Spike | Arrow | Dusk til Dawn XL | Dusk til Dawn | Dusk til Dawn Onyx Spike

Rings – Dusk til Dawn Onyx | Dusk til Dawn XLPetite Orbit Crystal | Triangle | Frame Tri | VDouble Ring & Chain | Trio Stack Rings | Iota

 

Rose Gold Story 

Necklace – Crescent & Diamonte

Cuffs/Bracelets – Box | Arrow Petite | Knot | Multi – Stud | Double Arrow

Rings – Aztec Pave | Dusk til Dawn Turquoise Wrap | Double V Bar Chain | Geo Armour XL Crystal | Orbit & Stud | Orbit

 

Outfit Details

Spell Isla Bonita Embroidered Dress

Paisley Tunic

His Touch Dress

Bikini

Spell Lace top | Shorts | Shirt | Bag

OOAK Lace Dress

Crochet Maxi

Silk Playsuit

Beaded Top | Shorts | Shirt | Bag

Sunglasses

Straw Hat

 

Thailand has to be one of my favourites places ever. I feel so grateful to have experienced another amazing adventure to this beautiful country once again. This time, we were lucky enough to journey through Bangkok and stay at The Siam Hotel, which has to be in my Top 10 all time best hotels I’ve ever stayed at. I’m so grateful to the wonderful Wanderlust + Co, who organised so many beautiful relaxing, pampering and adventure filled experiences for us on this trip, making it one we’ll never forget.

These few days away gave both Bobby and I an opportunity to really spend precious time together. Time to connect and time to create magic. We were continually inspired by our surrounds. There was so much culture and beauty everywhere we went. We spent our first day relaxing and catching our breath after leaving our busy home and daily routines. That first massage was all it took and we completely melted into holiday mode. It was hands down one of the best massages I’ve ever had. Big thanks to the Opium Spa at the The Siam for a job well done. We basically walked out of the spa with the hugest grins on our faces. The rest of our pamper day was well spent relaxing by the pool, exploring the hotel and all the incredible collectibles they have, chatting with locals, and simply being in the moment, enjoying all that life has to offer.

A perfect day in paradise was followed by an amazing dinner at Le Du restaurant. If you love seafood this place is so for you. Each plate was beautifully presented and the flavours and textures of each dish were perfectly balanced. My favourite was definitely dessert! Thai desserts are simply the best!

The next part of our journey led us to the floating markets in Bangkok. As we floated through the markets, sipping on fresh coconuts, we had the opportunity to see some traditional thai handicrafts and experience the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. We then ventured to the Grand Palace and enjoyed a serene walk throughout the grounds, admiring all the incredible architecture and detail of this sacred place. It’s simply something you have to see with your own eyes.

Until the next wanderlust adventure!

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Dancing in the Rain

September 30, 2015



PhotographyBobby Bense & Helen Janneson Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

LocationCentara Grand Resort & Spa – Krabi, Thailand

 

Outfit Details

Sea Urchin Crochet Dress | Hat

Crochet Bikini + Halter Top | Necklace | Sunglasses | Hat

Kimono | Sundress (similar) | Hat

Tanzania Bikini | Hat

Innika One piece Swimsuit | Hat

Kiss the Sky Gown

Sundress (similar) | Hat | Necklace | Rings | Clutch

Arizona Chain Necklace | Kimono

Gold Leg Chain

 

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass….It’s about learning to dance in the rain” – Vivian Greene

This quote has never been as relevant as it was for our recent wanderlust adventures to beautiful Thailand. The day we arrived, so did a crazy monsoon. I must say even though I envisioned my time away with never-ending sunshine, it was a wonderful opportunity for both Bobby and I to embrace the uncertainty of life and find gratitude for all the unexpected blessings. It forced us deeper into ourselves, to reflect and discover what we actually love most about holidays is connection. We still had many pockets of sunshine where the rain and wind slipped away momentarily and we made the absolute most out of it.

We ventured to Krabi first, and discovered this stunning region walled with grand size limestone karsts providing a completely majestic and breathtaking backdrop. It’s a rock climbers paradise and feels a little like a scene from Jurassic Park. We stayed at the luxurious Centara Grand Resort with it’s own pristine private beach. Accessible only by boat or a jungle monkey trail from the nearby town, it’s surrounded by giant awe inspiring cliffs, clear turquoise waters and some of the softest sand I’ve ever felt. It’s a completely magical setting that instantly evokes a relaxed, holiday vibe. We enjoyed the privacy and seclusion of the location, whilst just a short boat ride or hike, you can venture out to the bustling markets, cafes and bars of Krabi. We never felt the urge to leave though as the resort had so much to offer. You can literally jump in a kayak straight from the beach and head out and explore the limestone karsts and turquoise lagoons. The whole area is surrounded by the most amazing beaches, abundant with incredible underwater life. You can take a boat tour to the surrounding islands, or head out for some scuba diving or snorkelling. Enjoy sunset dinners on the beach, jungle hikes, or laze by the multi level pool and spa with a cocktail in hand as you watch the immaculate view of the Andaman sea.

I was lucky enough to celebrate my 39th!! birthday here and indulge in one of the best massages I’ve ever had at their divine day spa. I was lulled into a deep trance and quite possibly this moment was one of the most relaxed I’ve ever felt. Later this evening we were then treated to an amazing Teppenyaki dinner, as we were serenaded with live music, a super friendly atmosphere, creating the perfect holiday ambience we were looking for. We were lucky enough to meet so many amazing travellers here, ending the night with one two many cocktails at the very cool Blu bar. One of the best parts about travelling is all the awesome people you meet and wonderful connections you make. No matter how transient these may be, they are a huge highlight of any adventure abroad.

I’m so excited to explore more of Krabi next time I head back to Thailand. More adventure awaits! ;)

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

Travel Tips :

  • Rainy season in Thailand is typically from May-November though I’ve been in June and it was sunshine and blue skies with just a light misting so you never know. And it’s still so wonderful even when it is raining :)
  • When travelling to Krabi or any of the islands by boat, I’d suggest arriving in the daylight hours, so the transfer from car, boat to resort is seamless.
  • The monkeys here are some the bravest I’ve encountered so watch your stuff, they will take it if you leave it unattended.
  • If you stay at Centara Grand Resort in Krabi definitely opt for a club room. The extra is well worth all the additional advantages that come with this room type. There is an almost non stop serving of food and drink from the Club lounge and happy hour is so amazing you might not even be able to fit in dinner!
  • Also make sure you order Strawberry Margaritas here…they are the BEST! ;)

 

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NorCal

September 13, 2015

Blouse | Hat

Necklace | TopCuff | Rings – Reality of Dreams | Bohemian BardotAzure set | Imaginary Air set | Black Sands set | 7 Ring stack set

Cuff | Rings – Reality of Dreams | Bohemian Bardot | Azure set | Imaginary Air set | Black Sands set | 7 Ring stack set

Bikini | Bodychain | Necklace | Rings – Poetry | Om | Twin Triangle

Flash Tattoos | Rings – Elephant | All seeing Eye | Arrow | Tipi | Stackable Turquoise | Double Vibe Turquoise | Phobos Deimos

Nishka Leg Chain | Bikini | Self Tan + Bronzer

 

Photography – Bobby Bense

Model/Styling/Photography – Helen Janneson Bense

Location – Benbow Historic Inn, Richardson Grove State Park – California

 

There’s just something in the air, the earth, the energy…I’m forever drawn back to Northern California. It somehow feels more like home to me. Perhaps being in the northern hemisphere I feel somehow closer to my Finnish origins. I also wonder whether it has something to do with the energy flow, and the impact each hemisphere has on the way our chakras spin…. Regardless of the why and my inner musings, I love this place like home. The ancient redwoods, the crystal clear rivers, the diverse landscape, so full of vivid colour and beautiful wildlife. As much as I yearn for the ocean and beach now, my heart still sings with joy when I’m amongst the trees. I feel at peace as I recall early childhood memories of Finland, sitting in the forest picking berries.

On our recent Norcal adventures, we were lucky enough to spend a glorious week in Humboldt county. Bobby’s family have a multi-generation long annual tradition of summer camping amongst the redwood grove, along the beautiful eel river. It’s always so much fun when we get the chance to go back to the states and join in on this family adventure. Hot summer days were spent rafting on the river, rock jumping and exploring the redwoods. The kids were always so happy connecting with their cousins, chasing lizards and catching tadpoles. We stayed just 5 minutes from the park at the absolutely divine and elegant Benbow historical Inn. Originally built by the Benbow family in the 1920’s, this majestic hotel was once a secluded getaway for many hollywood stars. What once was over a 14 hour journey from San Francisco is now around a 5 hour beautiful scenic drive.

We spent many a balmy night at Benbow eating dinner amongst the ancient trees, overlooking the river, serenaded by local musicians. We indulged in the most impeccable food, so much of which was organically grown right there in their immaculate gardens. As dusk would set in the stone bridge would light up and the whole inn turned into this magical twinkling fairyland.

Hopefully we’ll be back again next year to keep the family tradition going and create new and wonderful memories.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

All photos and text © Copyright GypsyLovinLight 2015

We are LOVE

September 10, 2015

PhotographyBobby Bense

Model/StylingHelen Janneson Bense

Location – North beach, Western Australia

 

Outfit details

Look 1

Santorini Embroidered Romper – Turquoise Lane

Lotus Love necklace | New Moon necklace | Cuffs | Soul Sister Bracelet | Breaking Waves anklet | New Moon anklet | Gypsy Traveller anklet | Isola Journey anklet  – Embella Jewellery

Rings – Larimar | Moonstone Feather Wrap | Fortune Favours the Bold Elephant | Sunshine Tribal | Snake | Festival  – Embella Jewellery

Bounty Shake Hat – Ace of Something

Nails (Winter) Sienna Byron Bay – Use discount code GYPSYLOVINLIGHT at checkout

 

Look 2

Slashed Maxi Dress

Gypsy Belt + Hunter Choker

Cuffs | Soul Sister Bracelet| Rings – TurquoiseFestival | Three Spiral Tribe | Earth Shield – Embella Jewellery

Arizona Black Hat – Ace of Something

 

“You are what you love not what loves you” Charlie Kaufman

I remember when those first few sparks ignited within me as my blogging journey began. It feels like a lifetime ago now, but it was just over 2 years ago. I didn’t know I was going to become a blogger, I was simply inspired to create. And so I did. And I loved it! I had let so many hard ideals go about how I was supposed to live my life. I felt an enormous amount of energy and freedom resurface and it opened up the infinite possibilities of life to me once again. So instead of the usual inner judgments, I followed my heart’s desire, and began on this creative journey that is now GypsyLovinLight. Sometimes when you stop thinking about what you are supposed to do, you realise what you actually want to do. Each day I began following my highest joy and excitement. I took all that I had ever learnt and turned it upside down. I looked to my children for inspiration, for the way forward in being, because children truly know how to live and enjoy every single moment of life to the fullest.

I’m still on this path, learning and evolving each day. I’m learning how to circumnavigate my existence from the inside out. How to lead my life with intention, whilst letting go of results, expectation, fear and judgement. I’m letting go of what others may or may not think of me, knowing for 1. it’s none of my business and 2. what matters is who I am, and what I believe about myself. And this will always be determined solely by me.

When we live connected to our souls, we not only draw people to us, we inspire all those around us to do the same. And it feels amazing! It is so much better than the stress and suffering we are capable of causing ourselves each day.

So let’s raise the collective consciousness and bring even more joy and happiness to our lives and those around us. Love builds love, and we are all LOVE.

With love and gratitude,

Helen xx

 

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